Professor Lilie Chouliaraki

Room TW2.7.01D

Department of Media and Communications 

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE UK 

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Professor Lilie Chouliaraki

Professor of Media and Communications

Lilie Chouliaraki BA School of Philosophy, University of Athens; MA and PhD Dept of Linguistics, Lancaster University.

I joined the LSE in 2007 as Chair in Media and Communications.

Recent Awards


The ironic spectator: solidarity in the age of post-humanitarianism, Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012), Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745642109


Re-mediation, inter-mediation, trans-mediation  Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012) Re-mediation, inter-mediation, trans-mediation. Journalism Studies, 14 (2). pp. 267-283. ISSN 1461-670X


Ordinary witnessing in post-television news: towards a new moral imagination  Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) Ordinary witnessing in post-television news: towards a new moral imagination. Critical Discourse Studies, 7 (4). pp. 305-319. ISSN 1740-5904 

Research Profile

My main interest is in media ethics, broadly understood as the moral implications of mediated communication in contemporary public life. I have published extensively on the nature of mediated public discourse, particularly on the link between mediation, social action and cosmopolitan citizenship.

My main research focus lies in the mediation of human vulnerability, and I have spent the past ten years exploring three key domains within which human vulnerability appears as a problem of communication:  disaster news, humanitarianism and war.  In my work on the mediation of disaster news, I have shown the ways in which Western national and trans-national television networks follow hierachical patterns in their narrative organisation of news on distant suffering and, hence, in the systematic distribution of ethical sensibilities towards distant others. In so doing, I conclude, they reproduce global hierarchies of place and human life, along a West/non-West axis (The Spectatorship of Suffering, Sage 2006/2011). In more recent work, on the mediation of solidarity, I explored how the humanitarian imperative has changed in the course of the past fifty years. Looking into NGO appeals, rock concerts, celebrity advocacy and post-television disaster news, I demonstrated how major institutional (the commercialisation of the aid and development field), technological (the rise of new media) and political (the fall of grand narratives) transformations have also changed the moral imperative to act on distant others who need our support.  As a consequence, I argued, solidarity has today become not about conviction but choice, not vision but lifestyle, not others but ourselves - turning us into the ironic spectators of other people's suffering (The Ironic Spectator. Solidarity in the Age of Post-humanitarianism, Polity, 2012). My current work focuses on the mediation of war, where I explore the various public genres through which war has been mundanely communicated in our culture, from photojournalism to films and from memoirs to news. The aim is to better understand how our collective imagination of the battlefield and its sufferings, what we may call our 'war imaginary', has been shaping the moral tissue of public life, in the course of the past century (1914-2012).


I co-teach the Critical Studies in Media and Journalism (MC422) optional course, with Polis Director Charlie Beckett, and contribute lectures to selected courses for the MSc Programmes offered by the Department. I supervise PhD students at the LSE. Their topics include the mediation of fundamentalism in conservative political rhetoric in USA; the European public debate on Islam; the mediation of death in news channels; the organisational dynamics of Al Jazeera English. Applicants with backgrounds in social science disciplines including media studies, communication and discourse studies, political science and sociology are encouraged to apply.

External and Internal Commitments

I am Honorary Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. I was Professor of Media and Discourse Studies at CBS until July 2007, where I directed the CBS Media Hub, and the international network for the Ethics of Mediation, MediaDemos. I am currently part of the International Advisory Board of the 'Responsible Business' research network based at Copenhagen Business School (2009-12).
I am also Peer Reviewer on the Qatar National Research Foundation and of the AHRC Peer Review College. Finally, I am visiting Professor at CELSA-Sorbonne, Paris, Michaelmas Term 2011.



Self-mediation: new media, citizenship and civil selves

Chouliaraki, Lilie, ed. (2012) Self-mediation: new media, citizenship and civil selves. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415672122

Media, Organisations and Identity

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Morsing, Mette, eds. (2010) Media, organizations and identity. Macmillan Publishers Limited, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230515512

Soft Power of War

Chouliaraki, Lilie, ed. (2007) Soft power of war. Benjamins current topics. John Benjamins Publishing, Philadelphia, PA. ISBN 978902722233

Spectatorship of Suffering

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2006) Spectatorship of suffering. SAGE, London. ISBN 978076197039

Discourse in Late Modernity

Chouliaraki, Lilie and Fairclough, Norman (1999) Discourse in late modernity: rethinking critical discourse analysis. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780748610822



Book Chapters

  • Reporting about civilians in conflict zones
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2015) Reporting about civilians in conflict zones. In: Robinson, Piers, Seib, Phillip and Fröhlich, Romy, (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 2015-384. ISBN 9780415712910 (Submitted)
  • Cosmopolitanism as irony: a critique of post-humanitarianism
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2013) Cosmopolitanism as irony: a critique of post-humanitarianism. In: Rosi, Braidotti, Patrick , Hanafin and Bolette , Blaagaard, (eds.) After Cosmopolitanism. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 77-96. ISBN 9780415627214
  • Liberal ethics and the spectacle of war
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2013) Liberal ethics and the spectacle of war. In: Couldry, Nick, Madianou, Mirca and Pinchevski, Amit, (eds.) Ethics of Media. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 136-160. ISBN 9780230347632
  • Between pity and irony: paradigms of refugee representation in humanitarian discourse
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012) Between pity and irony: paradigms of refugee representation in humanitarian discourse. In: Moore, Kerry, Gross, Bernhard and Threadgold, Terry, (eds.) Migrations and the Media. Global crises and the media. Peter Lang, New York, USA. ISBN 9781433107726
  • Discourse and mediation
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) Discourse and mediation. In: Allan, Stuart, (ed.) Rethinking Communication: Keywords in Communication Research. Hampton Press, New York, USA . ISBN 1572739567
  • Global representations of distant suffering
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2010) Global representations of distant suffering. In: Coupland, Nikolas, (ed.) The Handbook of Language and Globalization. Blackwell handbooks in linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, USA, pp. 608-625. ISBN 9781405175814
  • Journalism and the visual politics of war and conflict
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2009) Journalism and the visual politics of war and conflict. In: Allan, Stuart, (ed.) Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 520-533. ISBN 9780415465298
  • Discourse analysis
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2008) Discourse analysis. In: Bennett, Tony and Frow, John, (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Cultural Analysis. SAGE Publications, London, UK, pp. 674-698. ISBN 9780761942290
  • Global politics-local action: the discursive politics of mediation
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2007) Global politics-local action: the discursive politics of mediation. In: Hansen, Hans Krause and Salskov-Iversen, Dorte, (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Private Authority in Global Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9781403989468
  • Mediation, text and action
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2007) Mediation, text and action. In: Bhatia, Vijay, Flowerdew, John and Jones, Rodney, (eds.) Advances in Discourse Studies. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415398107
  • Media discourse in the public sphere
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2004) Media discourse in the public sphere. In: Howarth, David and Torfing, Jacob, (eds.) Discourse Theory in European Politics: Identity, Policy, and Governance. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 275-297. ISBN 9781403917195
  • Mediated experience and youth identities in a post-traditional order
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2003) Mediated experience and youth identities in a post-traditional order. In: Androutsopoulos, Jannis and Georgakopoulou, Alexandra, (eds.) Discourse Constructions of Youth Identities. John Benjamins Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 303-333. ISBN 1588113558
  • Reflexivity and late modern identity
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (2000) Reflexivity and late modern identity. In: Reisigl, Martin and Wodak, Ruth, (eds.) Semiotics of Racism. Passagen Verlag, Vienna, pp. 305-330. ISBN 3851653688
  • Media discourse and national identity: death and myth in a news broadcast
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (1999) Media discourse and national identity: death and myth in a news broadcast. In: Wodak, Ruth and Ludwig, Christoph, (eds.) Challenges in a Changing World: Issues in Critical Discourse Analysis. Passagen, Vienna, pp. 37-62. ISBN 3851653254
  • Power and heteroglossia in institutional talk
    Chouliaraki, Lilie (1998) Power and heteroglossia in institutional talk. In: Cacoullos, Ann and Sifianou, Maria, (eds.) Anatomies of Silence : Selected Papers [From The] Second Hase International Conference on Autonomy of Logos. Parousia, Athens, Greece, pp. 246-257. ISBN 9789608424111


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Lilie Chouliaraki features in the Institute of Public Affairs' Gearty Grillings series to discuss the moral implications of the use of celebrities by humanitarian organisations.


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The Ironic Spectator

Chouliaraki, Lilie (2012) The ironic spectator: solidarity in the age of post-humanitarianism.Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745642109

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